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Discover historic wonders and modern delights guaranteed to enlarge your heart and expand your understanding of Canada and its people. Veteran travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood share their adventures and misadventures on this scintillating cruise of exploration. Join them for an unforgettable journey through part of the largest country in the Western Hemisphere. In "Cruising fr Discover historic wonders and modern delights guaranteed to enlarge your heart and expand your understanding of Canada and its people. Veteran travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood share their adventures and misadventures on this scintillating cruise of exploration. Join them for an unforgettable journey through part of the largest country in the Western Hemisphere. In "Cruising from Boston to Montreal" readers will: - attend a rousing baseball game at Boston's Fenway Park - Learn Alexander Graham Bell's involvement with Canada's first airplane flight. - Visit the Prince Edward Island farm that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables books. - Discover how lobster graduated from barnyard feed to gourmet fare. - Sail Canada's greatest waterway, the mighty Saint Lawrence River. - View breath-taking cathedrals and romantic lighthouses. - Discover Halifax's heart-breaking connection with the Titanic tragedy. - and much more. This travel memoir will introduce you to the fascinating heroes, stunning beauty and staggering tragedies that have helped shape Canada's Maritimes, Quebec City, and Montreal.


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Discover historic wonders and modern delights guaranteed to enlarge your heart and expand your understanding of Canada and its people. Veteran travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood share their adventures and misadventures on this scintillating cruise of exploration. Join them for an unforgettable journey through part of the largest country in the Western Hemisphere. In "Cruising fr Discover historic wonders and modern delights guaranteed to enlarge your heart and expand your understanding of Canada and its people. Veteran travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood share their adventures and misadventures on this scintillating cruise of exploration. Join them for an unforgettable journey through part of the largest country in the Western Hemisphere. In "Cruising from Boston to Montreal" readers will: - attend a rousing baseball game at Boston's Fenway Park - Learn Alexander Graham Bell's involvement with Canada's first airplane flight. - Visit the Prince Edward Island farm that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables books. - Discover how lobster graduated from barnyard feed to gourmet fare. - Sail Canada's greatest waterway, the mighty Saint Lawrence River. - View breath-taking cathedrals and romantic lighthouses. - Discover Halifax's heart-breaking connection with the Titanic tragedy. - and much more. This travel memoir will introduce you to the fascinating heroes, stunning beauty and staggering tragedies that have helped shape Canada's Maritimes, Quebec City, and Montreal.

14 review for Cruising from Boston to Montreal: Discovering coastal and riverside wonders in Maine, the Canadian Maritimes and along the St. Lawrence River

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I’ve enjoyed reading two of Sunny and Al Lockwood’s books. The retired couple is living the good life, traveling and cruising. They mainly cruise due to the limited mobility that age can bring. When Sunny emailed me about their new book, Cruising from Boston to Montreal: Discovering coastal and riverside wonders in Maine, the Canadian Maritimes and along the St. Lawrence River, I was happy to enjoy another travel tale with the Lockwoods. Sunny writes in an easy-to-read, conversational style that I’ve enjoyed reading two of Sunny and Al Lockwood’s books. The retired couple is living the good life, traveling and cruising. They mainly cruise due to the limited mobility that age can bring. When Sunny emailed me about their new book, Cruising from Boston to Montreal: Discovering coastal and riverside wonders in Maine, the Canadian Maritimes and along the St. Lawrence River, I was happy to enjoy another travel tale with the Lockwoods. Sunny writes in an easy-to-read, conversational style that makes you feel like you’re there with her and “Sweetheart” Al. Al is always likeable, with his sweet tooth and easygoing manner. For this trip, the Lockwoods board a Holland America ship for a cruise from Boston to Montreal, and then take the same cruise going back the other direction. She describes their meals, which may sound boring, but to me at least it’s enjoyable. Having taken some cruises (even on the same cruise line), reading Sunny’s recounts is a way for me to enjoy my own cruise again, since she mentions several things I remembered from my days on the ship. Sunny enjoys the library on the ship, with its recliners. I remember enjoying this room on our Holland American ship the Zaandam too, although I remember thinking I could not enjoy the recliners because I would surely fall right asleep with that much comfort 🙂 She also recalls a shore stop where she had hoped to visit a particular museum, only to learn that that couldn’t happen due to timing issues. I immediately thought of my sadness back in 1994 when I visited Linderhof in Germany and didn’t have time to see the Venus Grotto due to the tour bus’ leaving time. But, as Al and Sunny always console each other, “We’ll just have to come back and catch it next time.” They visit PEI (Prince Edward Island), setting of the fictional Anne of Green Gables stories. I appreciated Sunny’s honesty in saying that those unfamiliar with the books might find the site dull and disappointing — and also her disappointment to see the increasing commercialization of the site. I felt similarly during our summer 2019 Germany trip when we got on a boat out to Ludwig’s Herrenchiemsee Palace. The whole boat setup had seemed much more primitive when I’d visited 25 years earlier. Now, while nice, the shore had a whole complex to souvenir kiosks, food stands, etc. “When a moment of history comes alive for me, I’m filled with awe. And a sense of gratitude, that I can be here on the very land where they stood, and breathe the air they breathe,” Sunny writes. I’ve felt this way often while traveling. It’s a wonderful experience! At one point in their trip, Sunny and Al talk with a Canadian man who says that they pay 47% of their income in taxes, but he feels that is fair considering they get “free health care. And free education.” Sunny and Al are inspired by this attitude, “thinking about all the neighbors, former classmates, former workmates, and other people we know in the US who would never want to share that much of their paycheck to ensure free health care and free education for all. I admire Norman’s generous attitude. Such unselfish great-heartedness is rare where I come from.” Well, I can’t let this pass. I am sad that Sunny and Al feel this way, because I know many people (me included) who would not want the federal government taxing my income at 47% to provide “free” healthcare and education. I don’t consider that selfish or small-hearted, but rather a reflection on the notoriously poor record of success achieved by many programs run by the federal government. Additionally, I’d suggest that many of the people opposing confiscatory tax rates aren’t being selfish and small-hearted at all, but rather are quite generous in their own personal giving directly to causes they deem worthy. Organizations closer to those in need almost always spend more wisely and more effectively than federal government programs. I could list specific examples of giving, but it is my belief that this should not be publicized. I’d just urge Sunny and Al to be a bit more open-minded on this question. Norman may not be as beneficent, nor their former classmates as stingy, as they suspect. We all should be given the benefit of the doubt until all the facts are known. “If we were all the same, the world would probably be pretty dull,” Sunny writes just two pages later — and I would agree with her there. Fun travel foray. If you’re too afraid for actual travel yet, this book makes a lovely alternative.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    I jumped at the chance to read this travel book, as my husband and I had planned to take a similar cruise in 2020 that got canceled due to the pandemic and we are currently considering whether to rebook a similar route in 2022. This short book gives people who have never cruised before some helpful tips. However, I wasn’t prepared for how “chatty” the book would be. I certainly didn’t need to know what Al or Sunny ordered for dinner on the ship or what flavor ice cream they chose at a very cute- I jumped at the chance to read this travel book, as my husband and I had planned to take a similar cruise in 2020 that got canceled due to the pandemic and we are currently considering whether to rebook a similar route in 2022. This short book gives people who have never cruised before some helpful tips. However, I wasn’t prepared for how “chatty” the book would be. I certainly didn’t need to know what Al or Sunny ordered for dinner on the ship or what flavor ice cream they chose at a very cute-sounding ice cream place at one of their stopovers. I also was surprised at their disappointment in their ship cabin, as they sounded like old hands at cruising and should have realized what they were getting. (And I was delighted that the cruise company moved them to a much better room.) I did enjoy reading about all the various stops they made in the Canadian Maritimes and their exploration of Quebec City and Montreal. I was hoping for more photographs, but the ones they did include were lovely and evocative of the locations. Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Thank you from NetGalley , AI & Sunny Lockwood and BooksGoSocial for the digital copy of Cruising from Boston to Montreal. This is my personal review. For the past year I have been dreaming of taking a trip. This was the closest thing to actually being able to travel or take a cruise during this time. I have never been on a cruise anywhere and this gave me the insight to see what I could do on a Northeast cruise. I have always wanted to see this area and now with the help of this book I know what Thank you from NetGalley , AI & Sunny Lockwood and BooksGoSocial for the digital copy of Cruising from Boston to Montreal. This is my personal review. For the past year I have been dreaming of taking a trip. This was the closest thing to actually being able to travel or take a cruise during this time. I have never been on a cruise anywhere and this gave me the insight to see what I could do on a Northeast cruise. I have always wanted to see this area and now with the help of this book I know what I can see and do. The description of what they saw and telling the stories of history and facts about what is out there to discover made for a wonderful read. I can not wait to pack my bags and take this amazing journey.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    A great trip report (it's much more than just a trip report!) for those wanting to cruise the Northeast (which I do). I loved the personal experiences and the tips on what to do, where to eat and how to travel. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #CruisingfromBostontoMontreal #NetGalley A great trip report (it's much more than just a trip report!) for those wanting to cruise the Northeast (which I do). I loved the personal experiences and the tips on what to do, where to eat and how to travel. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #CruisingfromBostontoMontreal #NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josephine D

    Carpe Diem Couple of Travelers Having read several of Sunny’s books and as a Canadian/American, having visited these locations, I looked forward to what they would share. I was not disappointed. Their travels are like Al describes; “a vast buffet line with only a tiny salad plate”. This is a delicious read that I will read again. I loved the book for the places I’ve seen and the historical things I’ve learned and the inspiration to travel again. I know you will enjoy this book - especially during Carpe Diem Couple of Travelers Having read several of Sunny’s books and as a Canadian/American, having visited these locations, I looked forward to what they would share. I was not disappointed. Their travels are like Al describes; “a vast buffet line with only a tiny salad plate”. This is a delicious read that I will read again. I loved the book for the places I’ve seen and the historical things I’ve learned and the inspiration to travel again. I know you will enjoy this book - especially during these COVID travel restrictions time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Doolittle

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lori

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gary Knox

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Morrison

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth

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